Mark Kozelek’s Beautiful, Haunting Jason Molina Cover
Last week, we were met with the highly upsetting news that the world lost Jason Molina, the gifted and highly prolific frontman of Electric Magnolia Co. and Songs: Ohia, who left behind a brilliant catalog but all too soon. Molina was loved among his peers, as was his music, and so it didn’t take long at all for Graveface Records and his fellow musicians to announce a compilation album, Weary Engine Blues, whose proceeds will help Molina’s family cover medical and funeral costs.
Weary Engine Blues will feature covers of Molina’s songs from a number of artists, including Mark Kozelek, Phil Eleverum, Will Oldham, Allo Darlin’, John Vanderslice, Damien Jurado, Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater, Will Johnson, Scout Niblett, Jeffrey Lewis, Hospital Ships, Wave Pictures, Herman Dune, and more, along with original artwork by Molina and a print made for him by Will Schaff.
Graveface has already released Mark Kozelek’s contribution to the record, a chilling interpretation of Molina’s “It’s Easier Now.” When he sings Molina’s lines in his absence—“It’s easier now / that I just say I got better”—it feels like a sock to the gut. Listen below.